Recruiting Diary: New Missouri QB commit Eddie Printz (Vol. V)

Some of Atlanta’s college football prospects will be writing a weekly diary for the AJC until February’s signing day. They will be sharing their thoughts, opinions, adventures and perspectives on the recruiting journey.

Eddie Printz led Lassiter High School to a 10-0 regular season and No. 1 ranking in Class AAAAAA. Lassiter was upset by Brookwood in the first round of the state playoffs. Last month, Printz verbally committed to Missouri while on his official visit. Printz initially committed to SMU more than a year ago, then later switched to UCLA last January. In September, Printz said he was told by UCLA that his scholarship offer would no longer be honored. After being on the open market for around a month, Printz was picked up by Missouri.

Losing stinks. Congratulations Brookwood. That’s all I have to say about the playoff game. I know only one out of 32 teams finishes with a win. I get it but I don’t like it when it happens to my team. I love my Lassiter teammates and I wish we could have gone further to reach our team goals and to help some of them get more looks to earn scholarships. More exposure would have been good for Lassiter Football.

AJC Super 11 QB Eddie Printz (AJC)

AJC Super 11 QB Eddie Printz (AJC)

The past four years have been amazing. Lassiter has the best coaching staff in the state of Georgia. Our coaches care more about us off the field than they do on the field. Our position group dinners every Wednesday were so much fun. It really gave us a chance to get to know our coaches as people when the whistle was left in their locker. Just to talk, just to chill and say whatever was on our mind. The younger players would say what was on their mind and the older players would talk about the way they handled various things. Sometimes it was funny, and sometimes it was serious, but it was something I always looked forward to every week. I want to publicly say Thank You to Coach Irwin and Coach Herring for teaching me so much over the past three years. I am ready to move to the next level.

We had success this season by going 10-0 during the regular season and being ranked No. 1 in the state. I am proud of my team. We battled through injuries, and we fought every game as a team. I have been asked many times about Lassiter’s team next year: Will they drop off? Will they compete or does Lassiter lose too much to be competitive? I believe they will compete for back-to-back region championships. On offense we have five lineman coming back, five great receivers, our RB Lane Jackman and an up-and-coming QB in Russell Aarons. Defense brings back 12 out of the 16 who rotated. Look for Chris Murphy, Zack Spies, CJ Amann, Cory John and Clay Roelle to dominate next year. Those boys are Ballers.

There are many great memories from the past four years but some of my favorites were:

  1. Throwing a TD to Charlie Hegedus on my first series as a starter in the Corky Kell my sophomore year.
  2. Beating Brookwood in the Corky Kell my junior year
  3. Going to the semi inals my junior year
  4. Beating Walton my senior year
  5. Going 10-0 during the regular season in 2012

The next step is right around the corner for me. I will be in California Jan. 5 for the Semper Fidelis All-American Game. I am very proud to be part of this event. My uncle is a Marine and he will be there to watch the game. My family will travel from all over the country to support me playing in the game. That is the only postseason High School event I will participate in before heading to the University of Missouri.

Coach Grinch, my recruiting coach from Missouri, calls me once a week to talk and see how things are going. He says they are looking forward to me getting on campus and to me competing right away. I wouldn’t have it any other way. I have worked all my life to get to this point. I love playing football. I am so thankful for the way things played out and I cannot wait to put on that Mizzou Gold and Black next season. I watch every Tigers game as if it were my job. I cannot wait to be on the sideline next season with my future football family.

I want to say thanks to the AJC for allowing me to share my recruiting experience. As you can see there are many peaks and valleys in the recruitment process. The hardest part is there are some things you cannot control. Every player’s recruitment is different, on all levels and positions. I would suggest you find someone you trust to keep things in order. It can be very hectic with all the calls, letters and visits. If there is one thing I could emphasize to you up and coming players is to get good grades right away. I mean ninth grade. Don’t wait until it is too late. As stated in an earlier diary entry, good grades are the single most important thing for opportunity to come your way. Believe that!

And last but not least I want to say THANK YOU to my father for pushing me and never letting me be satisfied. Get better every day! I love you Dad. MIZZOU

  • Featured prospect: Eddie Printz
  • Position: Quarterback
  • Size: 6-3, 200
  • High School: Lassiter High School
  • College offers: Committed to Missouri in October after de-committing from UCLA.
  • Fast fact: Was a catalyst for Lassiter 10-1 season

12 comments Add your comment

Wetdirt

November 24th, 2012
9:27 pm

Congrats Mr. Printz on commiting to Mizzou. Wished you could have gone farther in the playoffs, but be proud of your teams 10-0 regular season record. You will enjoy your time in Missouri at Missouri. Look forward to seeing on the field and may you follow in the footsteps of past Missouri quarterbacks and make it to the next level. Get better every day!

Also, First.(couldn’t resist.)

OldOldOL

November 24th, 2012
9:52 pm

Lassiter has had 3 good teams in their entire football history — all in the last 5 years too — yet they talk like they have the heritage of a Camden County or Northside Warner Robins. The fact of the matter is, they have NEVER won anything.

LHS Fan

November 25th, 2012
8:52 am

Thanks for telling your story Eddie. Congratulations on a great high school career and best of luck at The University of Missouri.

LHS Fan

November 25th, 2012
8:58 am

@OldButHead The young man was part of the winningest four years at Lassiter and he is proud of his school. Are you that sad in life where you have to write an ugly statement of criticism?

Sounds like his future is brighter than yours. Wallow in your misery Butthead!

Weezzie

November 25th, 2012
11:51 am

I’m from WR and went to Northside-Lassiter is in the early stages of building something special. they get good athletic kids, but do not have facilities-there stadium needs lots of help. Eddie can straight throw the ball hope he gets a chance at Missouri.

Truth

November 25th, 2012
2:52 pm

Congrats young man and look at it this way the suppose to be number 1 player in the nation on went one more round than you did stay humble and keep spinning that ball

slim065

November 25th, 2012
6:59 pm

@Weezie:

Yes, Lassiter’s stadium is in need of a revamp. I am not sure if the plans are still out there, but about 4 or 5 years ago they had a mock up of a lot of stadium improvements they were going to make. First phase of that was the jumbo tron

Next phases (at some point, I am sure a current Lassiter-affiliated person can provide more details) were new stands (and flipping of which sides they were on), new locker room/offices/rooms, and other just aesthetic upgrades. They may start on that soon when all of the other upgrades at the school (new performance hall, tennis courts, etc) are done and then there aren’t so many projects going on at once.

But they are building a program that will hopefully pay dividends and seem to be doing it the right way from what I have read in these recruiting notebooks and the interview with their coach earlier in the week.

LTrojanFan

November 25th, 2012
7:46 pm

Eddie…you are a GREAT young man and it has been a pleasure watching your high school playing days. I can just imagine one day over the next 4 years, sitting with friends as we watch you play in the SEC, and say…I KNOW HIM and my son played with him! You have made a huge impression and set the bar high at Lassiter. We thank you and wish you the best in everything that you do. Remember, that football does not define you. The game will be taken from you one day and you will still be Eddie…the leader, the friend, a husband and father and most importantly, a child of God. These are the important things in life. WE LOVE YOU! Mr. Hunt

OldOldOL

November 25th, 2012
11:22 pm

@LHSFan — I assume you are referring to my post — allow me to retort. First, no I’m not that sad in life. Second, yes I’ll admit Eddie’s football future probably is brighter than mine. Nevertheless though, I stand by what I said — Lassiter football has played VERY few meaningful games in its entire history — and certainly has NEVER won a game that meant much.

Player's Parent

November 26th, 2012
8:43 am

I will disagree with OldOldOL. The wins Eddie and the team won against MLK, McEachern and Alpharetta were big-big wins last year and meant a lot as we moved to the semi finals. All 10 wins this year were meaningful wins for a Region Championship. Poo poo all you want but it takes a real loser to make ugly statements on a kid’s feature.

RG

November 26th, 2012
8:50 am

Eddie, Thanks for a great experience at Lassiter. My son looks up to you and has enjoyed the past two years playing with you. We are now MIZZOU fans and will follow your career as you head to the next level. Go Tigers!

OldOldOL

November 26th, 2012
10:15 am

You must be projecting your own thoughts — neither of my posts addressed Eddie — who by all indications is a great kid.